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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
______________________________________________________________________________
Collectible Canvas LLC
Plaintiff,
Civil Action No. 17-cv-31

v.
L & W Apparel Co., Inc.
Defendant.

______________________________________________________________________________
COMPLAINT
______________________________________________________________________________
Plaintiff, Collectible Canvas LLC (Collectible Canvas), for its complaint against
Defendant, L & W Apparel Co., Inc. (Legacy), alleges the following:
Nature of Action
1.

This is a civil action for patent infringement under The Patent Act, 35 U.S.C.

1-376, to prevent Legacy from further infringing Collectible Canvas U.S. Patent D729,116 (the
116 patent) entitled Stretched canvas pennant, which is attached as Exhibit A.
Jurisdiction and Venue
2.

The District Court has original jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C.

1331 (federal question) and 1338(a) (action arising under any Act of Congress relating to
patents and copyrights).
3.

Upon information and belief, Legacy regularly conducts business in the Western

District of Wisconsin. Moreover, upon information and belief, Legacy actively markets and sells
goods and products in this District, including but not limited to products that infringe Collectible
Canvas patent. For example, Legacy regularly sells its products through The University Book

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Store in Madison, Wisconsin. Accordingly, venue in this District as to Legacy is proper under
28 U.S.C. 1400(b) and/or 28 U.S.C. 1391(b) and (c). Jurisdiction as to Legacy is proper
pursuant to Wis. Stat. 801.05(3) and/or Wis. Stat. 801.05(4).
Parties
4.

Plaintiff Collectible Canvas is a Wisconsin company with its principal place of

business at W146S6450 Tess Corners Dr., Muskego, WI 53150. Collectible Canvas is engaged
in the business of manufacturing and selling stretched canvas pennants. Collectible Canvas is
the assignee and current owner of the 116 patent.
5.

Upon information and belief, Defendant L & W Apparel Co., Inc., which

conducts business under the tradename LEGACY, is a Delaware company with its principal
place of business at 300 Fame Ave., Hanover, PA 17331.
Background Facts
6.

Around 2013, Collectible Canvas developed a stretched canvas pennant, an

example of which is shown below.

7.

The 116 patent is directed to Collectible Canvas stretched canvas pennant.

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COUNT I: Infringement of the 116 Patent


8.

Collectible Canvas restates and incorporates by reference the allegations in the

preceding paragraphs.
9.

Legacy manufactures, offers to sell, and/or sells a stretched canvas pennant that

infringes the 116 patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271. An example of Legacys stretched
canvas pennant is shown below.

10.

Legacys stretched canvas pennant literally infringes the 116 patent, the four

figures of which are shown below in comparison to Legacys stretched canvas pennant.

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11.

Upon information and belief, Legacy continues to sell its infringing stretched

canvas pennants.
12.

Upon information and belief, Legacy has knowledge of the 116 patent and is

willfully infringing the 116 patent by continuing to make, use, sell, and offer to sell its stretched
canvas pennants.

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13.

Upon information and belief, Legacy will continue to infringe the 116 patent

unless and until it is enjoined by a court.


14.

Legacys infringement is causing irreparable harm to Collectible Canvas,

including, but not limited to, infringing upon Collectible Canvas rights in the 116 patent.
15.

Collectible Canvas has been damaged by Legacys infringement of the 116

16.

Legacys conduct shows a lack of the required duty to avoid infringement of the

patent.

116 patent such that this is an exceptional case; therefore, Collectible Canvas should be awarded
its reasonable attorneys fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 285.
17.

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284, Collectible Canvas is entitled to enhanced damages

for infringement of the 116 patent, up to treble damages.


18.

Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 283, Collectible Canvas is entitled to a preliminary and

permanent injunction against further infringement of the 116 patent.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Collectible Canvas LLC, demands judgment against Defendant


L & W Apparel Co., Inc. as follows:
A.

That the defendant be preliminarily and permanently enjoined from


manufacturing or selling any further products that infringe the 116 patent.

B.

An award of plaintiffs actual damages.

C.

An award of defendants profits.

D.

An award trebling or enhancing the damages found due to defendants willful


infringement.

E.

That the defendant be ordered to turn over to plaintiff or alternatively to destroy


any infringing stretched canvas pennants in its possession.

F.

An award of plaintiffs costs, including attorneys fees.

G.

Any other relief that the court may deem proper and just.

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JURY DEMAND
Plaintiff Collectible Canvas LLC demands a jury trial for all factual issues not admitted
by the defendant.

Respectfully submitted,
Dated: January 13, 2017

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s/Michael T. Griggs
Michael T. Griggs
Eric J. Lalor
Kyle M. Costello
Boyle Fredrickson S.C.
840 N. Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Telephone: 414-225-9755
Facsimile: 414-225-9753
Attorneys for Collectible Canvas LLC

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EXHIBIT A

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111111
1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
USOOD729116S

(12)

United States Design Patent

(10)

Riccobono

(45)

(54)

STRETCHED CANVAS PENNANT

(71)

Applicant: Nick Riccobono, Oak Creek, WI (US)

(72)

Inventor:

Nick Riccobono, Oak Creek, WI (US)

(**)

Term:

14 Years

(21)

Appl. No.: 29/475,067

(22)

Filed:

(51)
(52)

LOC (10) Cl. ................................................ 11-05


U.S. Cl.
USPC ......................................................... D111165
Field of Classification Search
CPC ............ G09F 17/00; G09F 2017/0066; G09F
2017/0075; G09F 2017/005; G09F 2017/0008
USPC .......... D111165-183; D20116, 17,27,28,30,
D20131, 36, 41-43; 40/218, 584, 604,
40/606.1,606.15,607.01,607.03,607.05;
1161173-175; 284/200, 218.4, 511
See application file for complete search history.

(58)

Nov. 27, 2013

References Cited

(56)

Patent No.:
Date of Patent:

5,207,174
5,246,517
D352,191
5,373,654
D354,712
D359,515
5,439,018
D369,042
D371,164
5,685,255
5,740,622
5,904,116
5,916,032
D423,794
D433,714

A
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A
S
S
A
S
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A
A
A
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US D729,116 S

** May 12, 2015

* 5/1993 Fabbrini .
116/173
* 9/1993 Watson
156/215
* 1111994 Zorian ........................... D6/470
* 12/1994 Whalen ........................... 401716
* 111995 Moat ............................ DllI166
6/1995 Kinart
* 8/1995 Tsai
135/143
4/1996 Kinart
6/1996 Shane
* 1111997 Arzu .
116/30
* 4/1998 Martin ............................ 40/591
* 5/1999 Wyner et aI.
116/173
* 6/1999 Stoll ............................... 473/40
* 5/2000 Brownfield .................... D6/300
* 1112000 Rosen et al. ................... 020110

(Continued)
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Canvas Concepts Triangle Stretched Canvas, found at http://
webarchive20 121 16153649/http://www.artsupply.com/CanvasConcepts-Triangle-Stretched-Canyas_c_2411.htrnl on May 21,
2014.*

(Continued)
Primary Examiner - Karen SAcker
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm - Boyle Fredrickson, S.c.

U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS


12,140
47,230
D55,041
1,593,078
D117,036
2,535,149
2,773,470
2,960,786
2,991,577
3,266,458
3,672,671
3,762,360
3,788,269
3,945,645
4,210,859
4,271,619
D313,214
D323,257

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511920
711926
1011939
1211950
1211956
1111960
711961
811966
611972
1011973
111974
311976
711980
611981
1211990
111992

Rogers.
116/173
Sprgue .
116/175
Hatfield ....................... DllI116
Jacobs
116/173
Elliot ............................. 020/17
McBride ....................... 206/216
Alger.
116/209
Wagner ........................... 40/592
Bellocchio ...................... 401738
Ahlquist
116/173
Merola ........................... 473/40
Hawes
116/28 R
Scarlet.
116/173
Roberts.
2731157 R
Meretsky et al. ............. 323/331
Schmidt .......................... 401782
Phillips et al. ............... D121223
Cornwell ....................... D6/470

(57)
CLAIM
The ornamental design for a stretched canvas pennant, as
shown and described .
DESCRIPTION
FIG. 1 is an isometric view from above of a stretched canvas
pennant incorporating my new design;
FIG. 2 is an isometric view from below the stretched canvas
pennant of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the stretched canvas pennant of
FIG. 1; and,
FIG. 4 is a bottom plan view of the stretched canvas pennant
of FIG. 1.
1 Claim, 4 Drawing Sheets

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US D729,116 S
Page 2
(56)

References Cited

u.s. PATENT DOCUMENTS


6,339,683
6,390,017
6,598,558
6,808,098
6,874,264
6,928,951
7,067,184
D529,116
7,687,999
7,712,240
2003/0207071
2004/0043183
2005/0206080
2006/0086307
2006/0174525

Bl * 112002 Nakayama et al. ........... 396/429


Bl * 5/2002 Hendrickson et al.
116/317
B2
7/2003 Griffin
Bl * 1012004 Bickett et al .................. 224/512
Bl * 4/2005 Coito .............................. 401757
B2 * 812005 Huang
116/63 P
Bl * 6/2006 Carkeek .......................... 428/95
S * 912006 Hathcock.
D211782
B2 * 3/2010 Essick et al.
315/200 A
B2 * 512010 Gipson ........................... 401783
Al * 1112003 Beistline et al. ................ 428/88
Al * 3/2004 Thrasher et al. ................ 428/85
Al * 912005 Chuang.
2731157 R
Al * 4/2006 Kaz.
116/28 R
Al * 8/2006 Hughes ........................... 40/603

2008/0039219
2008/0301989
200910211136
201210012015
201210302361
2013/0122243

Al
Al
Al
Al
Al
Al

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212008
1212008
812009
112012
1112012
5/2013

Radake ........................... 473/40


Britten ....................... 40/611.11
O'Connor ....................... 40/633
Shaw
1001265
Kaplan ........................... 473/40
Griffin .......................... 428/116

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Masterpiece %"Triangle Stretched Canvas-lO" found at Chicago
Airbrush
Supply,
http://www.chicagoairbrushsupply.coml
paoflma3trst2.html on May 21,2014.*
Triangular Stretched Canvas Nail on Side or Staple on Side found at
D.K.Art & Craft Co., Ltd. http://www.china-dkart.comiTriangularStretched-Canyas-Nail-on-Side-or-Staple-on-Side.htm on May 21,
2014.*

* cited by examiner

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u.s. Patent

May 12, 2015

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Sheet 1 of 4

US D729,116 S

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u.s. Patent

May 12, 2015

Sheet 2 of 4

US D729,116 S

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u.s. Patent

May 12, 2015

Sheet 3 of 4

US D729,116 S

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u.s. Patent

May 12, 2015

Sheet 4 of 4

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US D729,116 S

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CIVIL COVER SHEET

JS 44 (Rev. 0/16)

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provided by local rules of court. This form, approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States in September 1974, is required for the use of the Clerk of Court for the
purpose of initiating the civil docket sheet. (SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON NEXT PAGE OF THIS FORM.)

I. (a) PLAINTIFFS

DEFENDANTS

Collectible Canvas LLC

L & W Apparel Co., Inc.

(b) County of Residence of First Listed Plaintiff

Waukesha County

County of Residence of First Listed Defendant

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Attorneys (If Known)

Michael T. Griggs, Eric J. Lalor & Kyle M. Costello


Boyle Fredrickson S.C
840 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 225-9755

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AO 440 (Rev. 06/12) Summons in a Civil Action

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


for the

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Collectible Canvas LLC

Plaintiff(s)

v.
L & W Apparel Co., Inc.

Defendant(s)

Civil Action No. 17-cv-31

SUMMONS IN A CIVIL ACTION


To: (Defendants name and address) L & W Apparel Co., Inc.
300 Frame Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331

A lawsuit has been filed against you.


Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it) or 60 days if you
are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ.
P. 12 (a)(2) or (3) you must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint or a motion under Rule 12 of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The answer or motion must be served on the plaintiff or plaintiffs attorney,
whose name and address are: Attorney Michael Griggs
Boyle Fredrickson S.C.
840 N. Plankinton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.
You also must file your answer or motion with the court.

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Date:
Signature of Clerk or Deputy Clerk

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AO 440 (Rev. 06/12) Summons in a Civil Action (Page 2)

Civil Action No. 17-cv-31


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AO 120 (Rev. 08/10)

REPORT ON THE
FILING OR DETERMINATION OF AN
ACTION REGARDING A PATENT OR
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Mail Stop 8
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TO:

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filed in the U.S. District Court
on the following
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Patents.
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DOCKET NO.

the patent action involves 35 U.S.C. 292.):

DATE FILED

17-cv-31

U.S. DISTRICT COURT

1/13/2017

Western District of Wisconsin

PLAINTIFF

DEFENDANT

Collectible Canvas LLC

PATENT OR
TRADEMARK NO.
1 USD729,116S

L & W Apparel Co., Inc.

DATE OF PATENT
OR TRADEMARK

5/13/2015

HOLDER OF PATENT OR TRADEMARK

Collectible Canvas LLC

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In the aboveentitled case, the following patent(s)/ trademark(s) have been included:
DATE INCLUDED

INCLUDED BY

PATENT OR
TRADEMARK NO.

Amendment
DATE OF PATENT
OR TRADEMARK

Answer

Cross Bill

Other Pleading

HOLDER OF PATENT OR TRADEMARK

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DECISION/JUDGEMENT

CLERK

(BY) DEPUTY CLERK

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Copy 2Upon filing document adding patent(s), mail this copy to Director Copy 4Case file copy